Freestyle SoundKits are wearable sound pieces that generate and broadcast electronic beats as users move through urban environments. Using pressure and tilt sensors mounted directly to the performers’ shoes, sound modules, and speakers, the project generates 8-bit percussive sounds similar to the effects found in early video games. Users create humorous soundscapes activated through collaboration, improvisation, and one-upmanship.
Freestyle SoundHack was a collaborative performance in the form of a workshop. During the performance, which took place in Toronto and Winnipeg in 2008 the artist taught workshop participants how to make their own Freestyle SoundKits with sounds of their own choosing. Freestyle SoundHack was produced through the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.